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Passengers fined for carrying more cash than permitted

A couple from the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Lam Dong has been fined VND30 million (US$1,300) for carrying cash exceeding the permitted amount without customs declaration when checking out for international exit at airport.

An airplane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The customs office at the airport has fined a couple for carrying more cash than permitted.
An airplane at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The customs office at the airport has fined a couple for carrying more cash than permitted.

Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport announced on Tuesday the issuance of the fine to the couple as they were found with VND200 million($8,900) in cash without customs declaration or a cash-carrying permit from bank.

The customs office temporarily seized the excessive amount of VND170 million and collected the fine of VND15 million from each. The seized money will be returned when the fine is collected.

According to Circular 15/2011/TT-NHNN dated August 12, 2011 of the State Bank of Viet Nam, regulating the carrying of foreign currency and Vietnam dong cash by persons on entry or exit, passengers are allowed to carry VND15 million or US$5,000 or equivalent foreign currency in cash on their entry or exit. If they are carrying more, they must declare the amount with border-gate customs offices or present a cash-carrying permit from banks.